Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Soda Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Attempted to go to Frog Lake Overlook via Castle Peak as shown in the AllTrails app. The terrain going up to Castle Peak is very steep with loose rock and slippery footing. Once we got pass Castle Peak there were two cliffs with jagged rocks that needed scaling before reaching the trail you can clearly see on the other side. A group of four attempted it just before us and ended up scrambling to the bottom of the mountain without trail into unknown terrain. The end of my track goes in circles looking for a safe way to cross. We decided to opt out so we could live to hike another day. THE MESSAGE IS: Be aware of all logged routes on AllTrails. They may not be what you think. Do not attempt situations that are beyond your skill. Do your homework and know when to turn around so you can hike another day!
I would have rated this a 5 due to the views but I am rating it a 1 for following this AllTrails route. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy exploring AllTrails, just be aware it might not be what you think and be ready for the unknown!
I am a avid hiker and I would rate this as Hard due to the steep loose rock ups and downs.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike! Went with my small dog in mid August, but wish we would have gone a month or two earlier so that we could have seen more wildflowers. It was still one of the best hikes we have ever done. Plenty of gorgeous trees, granite rocks, lakes and wildflowers to look at. Loved how the first part of the hike was part of the PCT and then went under Highway 80 and the second part of the hike was totally different. The lake at the end is perfect! Highly recommended.

off road driving
1 day ago

Did this trail yesterday in my 2018 stock Tacoma with running boards. My friends had lifted rigs and 35s and it was a breeze. This was a sweet trail, it is doable in a stock truck with a spotter but you will scrape a little bit and I would suggest some sort of side protection. All around a technical trail for a stock truck but a lot of fun and worth the view.

Nice, well maintained, not too steep, and lots of shade. The lake is great for a cooling dip and there's water in streams along the way.

couple days ago parked off castle valley road and the 80.and hikes in on dirt road to trailhead.tuff start uphill early am start..fantastic views once at and and andesite peak..mix of occasional runners and bikers..continued to sand ridge lake...nice sandstone adjacent to lake for exploring.then ended up doing whole loop after missed turn..so continued to soda springs..last couple miles adjoins private property by lake ..then down dirt road..to reconnect with trail steps..look for wood block as trail signage..then along a private dirt road with a couple cabins..not the best marked trail..but great day hike..
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backpacking
23 days ago

This trail was great. Signage was lacking in some spots, so have a reliable GPS on hand (Gaia GPS). Beautiful views and sawmill lake was a great spot to camp. This was my first backpacking trip (day one of three was on this trail) and moderate is accurate in my opinion as someone who cycles/runs/hikes 5/6 days per week. We were on this trail on a Weds and didn’t see a soul. It was amazing!

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever been on! We had a little trouble finding the trailhead as well. You have to go down the PCT for a bit and then the trail will take a sharp left and there is a sign.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful high Sierra hike.

Did the trail today except we did it in reverse. I think this was better as the tough parts were more on the downhill. Really cool views at the top and easily done in 2-3 hours. We had 2 mod’d rubicon’s and had no difficulty at all. Would be tough for a stock Rubicon if you don’t want any scraping on the bottom but we each had about 4-5” lifts and 35s. Great trail

great trail out and back

Great hike as advertised. Lots of wild flowers and spectacular views.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was awesome. Easy enough for a beginner but with some climbing and challenges. The view 3/4 way up is totally worth it, and right now in June there are wild flowers in bloom and green meadows all over! So beautiful. a fair warning, this trail head was hard for me to find as it's not clearly marked; head towards the PCT; then when you are close to the freeway, just before you reach a sudden meadow of beautiful light green brush on the left, instead of continuing onto the trail as it feels like you're meant to, turn left and hop over the little creek that's there, and you'll see the trail that will take you north under the freeway. It took me three passes to even notice it--albeit I'm a noob, I ended up pretty far south on the PCT before realizing I was walking away from summit lake! Doesn't matter as it's all so beautiful, made a lovely and unexpected 8 mile hike instead! Would love to add the glacier meadow loop next time. Also, if hiking after 4 pm, if you are prone to mosquitos take precautions!! *scritch scritch*

backpacking
1 month ago

Started at Lindsey Lakes trail, down past Penner and Island Lakes, then back up the Grouse Ridge trail. Mostly downhill the way we went. Nice forest views, rock formations, and wildflowers. Not much water on the trail so make sure you have enough with you. Shotgun Lake was marshy,
filled with lily pads, and smelled like poo. The sign at the connector between Grouse Ridge and Lindsey Lakes trail is wrong. It’s says 1/2 mile, but it’s likely 1 1/2.

Lovely trail with our nature lover dog. Wildflowers were in abundance. We had a nice swim as did the dog, with few people around. You can hear a slight bit of highway traffic noise. But considering the proximity, it’s a wonderful spot to hike to. Obviously, lots of options to diverge from this loop.

Fun trail, with gradual incline. Fun to run but in certain parts be careful of rocks / snow. Great views at Castle Rock Peak.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an amazing hike! Perfect for intermediate and beginners. Lake was beautiful, lots of awesome rocks and colorful flowers. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

such a nice hike. great hike for the dog and the lake was amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, lots of signs. We took our 3 year old and he had a blast too.

on Summit Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Easy out n back

Still a bit of water, the tunnel is filled with 2-3” so start from the west direction rest stop maybe. So didn’t go past that part. The main trailhead has some litter issues all the way up to where it goes behind the rest stop, maybe from families using this as a snow day spot as evident by all the plastic and coffee cups etc. It is everywhere and people should be ashamed really. Take a few pieces on your way out if you have a chance.

off road driving
2 months ago

I did this trail as a group event with 6 other Jeeps. Some were fairly stock, as in no lift, others with up to 4 inches of lift. Driver skill ranged for this being their first time to several years of wheeling. We went up the trail on the Eagle Lake side. There were a few areas where spotters were needed, but all in all this wasn't a difficult trail. I would honestly say that it is a moderate trail. The first time drivers made it though with no problems.

Sadly completely covered in snow. Looks like a great trail... will check back in a month or so.

Beautiful full moon in the valley last night. Glad we wore snowshoes. Trail is poorly marked. Snow made this a moderate out with elevation change but easy in.

off road driving
5 months ago

Extremely tough

Nice hike on a packed snow trail. Went to the ridge for nice views of Castle Rock, wasn't clear if the full loop would go thru, given the snow, which was light for the time of year. We did it in hiking boots without problems, but most were using snowshoes or back country skis.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Great hike, dogs loved it. Views we’re stellar! Snow was perfect for snowshoeing.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

First part of the trail was packed down and snow shoes weren’t even necessary, but when I turned off to head across the valley it was completely untracked! Follow the blue diamonds to stay on the trail. FYI there were a couple tricky stream crossings with steep snow banks

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Also went parallel with the plan to catch the actual trail on the way down, but couldn’t get to the Peak with the snow. Snowshoes helped but in certain areas, especially getting up to the Peak, yaktrax or some kind of spikes would be most helpful. The views from the Ridge were amazing none the less.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Snoweshoed up to the peak on 1/11/18. We didn’t travel on this trail directly, instead we went parallel to it and then came back on the opposite side, making it a loop. Most of the trail was pretty easy with snowshoes, with the exception of the top, where you really had to dig your crampons in to get yourself up the final stretch. The top was stunning and we even watched a snowing cloud moving in towards us. The effort was worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Next time I'll wait for spring or summer to do the full loop.
We did this trail and continued to Castle peak. View are good.

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